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International Women's Day 2017

Published on 7th March 2017

Today is International Women's Day – and while there are reasons to celebrate, the World Economic Forum has estimated that the global inequalities between women and men in education, health, income and more, will not be closed until 2186.


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Generations meet in Bougainville. Photo: Vasti Venter, VSA.

One hundred and sixty-nine years is a long time to wait. For decades, we have worked with people in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Today we focus on the wider Pacific. Our volunteers contribute in health and education; in reducing violence against women and girls; in agriculture; in supporting women’s greater participation in decision making; in business and employment, and recently in mitigating the impact of climate change on their lives and on future generations. At this time of global volatility and disorder, and in our region which has the greatest risk of natural disaster, the threat of increased inequality for women is greater today than many would have predicted even three years ago.


In the last year, our volunteers have continued to work with our partners in the wider Pacific to give women a voice in politics, keep them safe at work and continue the peace process.


We've worked on establishing safe, fresh water supplies in Timor-Leste and the Cook Islands because women and children are disproportionately affected by a lack of water, and because having safe sanitation facilities at school means girls don't miss out on an education. 


Our volunteers have worked alongside young women to teach them life and business skills and they've led sexual health and relationship workshops in Vanuatu, Bougainville and beyond.


In the Pacific the impact of inequality on girls and women is a daily reality, preventing them from reaching their full potential. But when girls and women are able to bridge the inequality gap, they will, one by one, lift their families and communities out of poverty and drive long-lasting development - across nations and across the region.

Please join VSA as part of the global commitment to girls and women by donating today, International Women's Day. 



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